Sparkle Calibre X560DF Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2011-09-13

The new Calibre X560DF video card from Sparkle is equipped with a new cooling system, a backplate for anti-bending purposes or to avoid scratches and features a noticeable increase in performance compared to the stock models, thanks to its overclock from the factory.

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Features, Specifications

Product Description:

Not a very long time ago, Nvidia has decided to launch a new GPU, the GTX 560, for filling some of the gaps in its offerings. The GTX 560 shares some specifications with the GTX 460 from the previous generation, but here we can also talk about a lower TDP and operating temperatures.

The GPU is based on the new Fermi architecture, and has one of the eight Streaming Multiprocessors disabled compared to the Ti version.

GeForce GTX 560 GPU Features:

Microsoft® DirectX® 11 Support

DirectX 11 GPU with Shader Model 5.0 support designed for ultra high performance in the new API’s key graphics feature, GPU-accelerated tessellation.

NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ Ready

GeForce GPU support for NVIDIA 3D Vision, bringing a fully immersive stereoscopic 3D experience to the PC. A combination of high-tech wireless glasses and advanced software, 3D Vision transforms hundreds of PC games into full stereoscopic 3D. In addition, you can watch 3D movies and 3D digital photographs in eye popping, crystal-clear quality.

NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ Surround Ready

Expand your games across three displays in full stereoscopic 3D for the ultimate “inside the game” experience with the power of NVIDIA 3D Vision and SLI technologies. NVIDIA® Surround™ also supports triple screen gaming with non-stereo displays.

NVIDIA SLI® Technology

Industry leading NVIDIA SLI technology offers amazing performance scaling for the world’s premier gaming solution.

NVIDIA PhysX® Technology

Full support for NVIDIA PhysX technology, enabling a totally new class of physical gaming interaction for a more dynamic and realistic experience with GeForce.

NVIDIA CUDA™ Technology

CUDA technology unlocks the power of the GPU’s processor cores to accelerate the most demanding tasks such as video transcoding, physics simulation, ray tracing, and more, delivering incredible performance improvements over traditional CPUs.

32x Anti-aliasing Technology

Lightning fast, high-quality anti-aliasing at up to 32x sample rates obliterates jagged edges.

NVIDIA® PureVideo® HD Technology

The combination of high-definition video decode acceleration and post-processing that delivers unprecedented picture clarity, smooth video, accurate color, and precise image scaling for movies and video.

PCI Express 2.0 Support

Designed for the new PCI Express 2.0 bus architecture offering the highest data transfer speeds for the most bandwidth-hungry games and 3D applications, while maintaining backwards compatibility with existing PCI Express motherboards for the broadest support.

Dual-link DVI Support

Able to drive the industry’s largest and highest resolution flat-panel displays up to 2560x1600 and with support for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP).

HDMI 1.4a Support

Support for HDMI 1.4a including GPU accelerated Blu-ray 3D support, x.v.Color, HDMI Deep Color, and 7.1 digital surround sound.


Product Features:


Deluxe Visual Experience From Inside Out




Adopted with innovative Mono Luxury technology, the X560 DF sketches out user experience of top high-end graphics cards. Having both style and functionality, X560 DF brings unexpected surprises to gamers with its exterior design and inner functions.




The Mono Luxury Surface design and coating provide a high quality look and feel and protects the graphics card from bending, frequently caused by overweight, but also from PCB physical damage like scratches.


Cool Pro Technology




The card features two 90mm single ball bearing fans, which are more durable (especially at high temperatures) compared to the sleeve bearing ones and quieter at higher rotation speeds.




The heatsink comes with 2x8mm Copper Pipes Inside for a faster heat conduction; also, it comes with an optimized air duct design.


Japanese Solid Capacitors




The card uses only Japanese solid capacitors of the highest quality, which reduce power consumption and lower operating temperature. Their average lifespan is 50,000 hours, 6 times more than traditional electrolytic ones. The solid capacitors also help increase overclocking performance and fulfill the demanding needs of stable overclocking performance gamers are looking for.


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